We are pleased to announce that the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the Government of Japan are calling on young people to apply for an innovative new learning programme “Youth Leader Fund for a World Without Nuclear Weapons”.

The new learning programme is aimed at equipping the leaders of the future with the knowledge, skills, and network to join global efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons – the most dangerous weapons on earth. The programme is aimed at convening young people from around the world, aged between 18 and 29 years, from wide-ranging backgrounds who are motivated to use their talents to promote change for a more peaceful and secure world. Direct exposure to or knowledge of disarmament, non-proliferation or nuclear weapons issues is not required to apply. Applicants must apply directly and should not be nominated by a third party. 

The programme will consist of several components, including an interactive online foundation course, an in-person study tour to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for select participants, and ongoing engagement with and mentorship of future cohorts by programme graduates.

The call for applications for the first phase is now open through 31 July 2023. Further information on the programme and link to the application portal can be found here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: [email protected].

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone in your networks who would be interested in the programme.